Re: High level languages?
Is there any other way to write Perl code ?
224 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
Is there any other way to write Perl code ?
Clock rates <1MHz. 4 clocks per cycle if you were lucky :-)
2100 was more of a controller
I only called it a mini 'coz the lab one had a teletype attached :-) I seem to remember programming an ISR for the keyboard was the task we had.
If you don't realise why he's been so royally downvoted, oh well.....
I'm sure you'd just love the reputation of being the guy who lost 2 deep space probes that had gone the furthest of any manmade object and had been doing just fine for decades. Through your bright idea for how Things Could Be Done Better.
Seems you couldn't be arsed to upvote him, either.
HP 2100 not a mainframe, 'twas a desktop mini.
2nd year elec eng, 1974/5, programming it was part of the optional computing course.
We had to write the assembler, then hand-assemble it into the machine code, then enter it in with the front panel pushbuttons.
I thus gained an intuitive understanding of how instructions are decoded, logic flows through the ALU, and the way an ISR works.
Can I have the job please ?? I still don't "get" object-orientation :-)
That's priceless. Absolutely priceless.
The phrase "Eat shit. 100 billion flies can't be wrong" instantly entered the front of my consciousness. Who else did that happen to ???
Clearly not the Microsoft markerdroids
No, not really.
You guys elect your judges in many states - which would take away May's argument over that straight away (if it had any validity in the first place). However, do tell me how well that one's working out for you.
C++ - agreed
C - show me another language which delivers damn near the same performance as assembler and allows explicit access to all the machine's registers (both of which are crucial for an operating system - I remember the OS that Olivetti wrote in Pascal) whilst giving you at last some decent higher-level constructs,and then I'd agree. And assembler with macros pretending to be higher-level isn't allowed. That's what we had before C.
It's 3 years old. A couple of decades, or more, in "Internet Time" (I feel dirty for saying that....)
Legislation trumps any voluntary code.
So the point is ?
"This is about computer networks"
I'd make the case that this isn't about computer networks, but about communication networks. In which case, they most certainly did exist. With exactly the same challenge to address as today's networks - how to communicate securely over an insecure medium.
In WW2, the medium was morse code transmitted over HF radio. This was easily intercepted with a sufficient number of skilled operators at sufficient receiving stations. These operators are amongst the unsung heroes - accurately transcribing random characters is far harder than plain language.
If you've never heard of him, you've clearly watched very little Star Trek.
Two words. Dyson Sphere.
just large and with various bits that dont talk to other bits
Net result, the organisation says one thing and does another.
a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
I daresay that attribute in a human is derived from the same root cause - bits of the brain that ought to talk to each other but don't.
Knowledge of the means by which a behaviour occurs doesn't alter the behaviour itself or its effect on others.
Also known as "an explanation isn't an excuse"
"steps must be taken to ensure that critical customer information is protected regardless of where it is in the supply chain."
So, tell me Mr Outsourcing Provider Salesdroid - how I can do that (with extra special emphasis on the word "ensure") without spending damn' nearly as much as (or very possibly more than) I'd have to to do the whole thing myself in the first place ??
Gone very quiet, all of a sudden.
its a pre-watershed show and we cant scare the kiddies too much...
I feel sorry for today's little kiddies, who will never, ever have memories of hiding behind the sofa from Daleks and Cybermen. So sad to miss such a vital part of growing up.
Yeah, well, I thought it was pretty clear that I was referring to the hardware layer on wired networks of a certain topology.
This whole subthread is pointing out that fixed-period retries is well-recognised as A Bad Idea. Has been for a Very Long Time.
No just (or even) DECNet - it's fundamental to CSMA-CD working properly, else everyone would keep trying to transmit at the same time.
With today's star network topology with switches and FDX links, rather than a shared bus, it's not relevant.
If I had my way, any requirement to run as root (*nix) or with Admin privileges would immediately rule out use of that piece of software.
What's even more depressing is that when a vendor claims that requirement, they don't really need it. I had this wit an accounts package - when questioned, it turned out they only needed write permissions to one - yes, just one - registry entry. Properly setting the permission on that entity enabled the app to run in the logged-in user's privilege context.
For some reason, accounts apps seem to be the worst at this. We had it at Olivetti in the early 80's with the app developers for the S6000. A large clue-by-four was needed.
There are two slogans that are utterly meaningless when it comes to managing a country's finances.
"Living within your means"
"Flogging off the family silver"
My bullshit meter goes to 100 when I see either of those used. Which is pretty much anything from either side of the political debate on how the macro UK economy should be run.
Maggie did economic debate a massive non-service when she compared UK finance to running household finances.
A monkey with the correct colour rosette would win here.
Wait did I say would?
Exactly what I used to say about Surbiton constituency in the 60's and 70's when Sir Nigel Fisher was MP.
A constituency merger and boundary changes, and the '97 GE, and look what happened.
Epsom & Ewell, on the other hand.....
I remember 1974 - 1979.
It wasn't pretty.
@jason 7 - and even better - guess what - nature managed to run a reactor for us underground a couple of billion years ago, so it's already tested what happens long-term to buried waste. Turns out it's likely to pretty much stay where it's been put.
Was gobsmacked to find this out - http://nuclearinfo.net/Nuclearpower/WebHomeWasteFromNuclearPower
Whatever. Either way, it's down to the LibDems for allowing it to be spiked for a generation.
...and when they get to retirement find out that Corbyn's wasted all the money...
Well, I suppose wasting it is better than stealing it, as Gordon Brown did, putting the final nail in the coffin of final salary schemes.
All so that they could keep their promise of "no rises in income tax". Which everyone heard as "no rises in taxes" in 1997.
Bring in proportional representation.....
We voted on that in 2011. We voted against it, mostly (IMHO) because the LibDems put up a stupidly flawed half-way house thinking that would do the job of persuading the waverers.
It may well be that another coalition will be the only opportunity to put such a change before the electorate again.
So another generation or two away, unfortunately.
That is all.
Seriously, though, I jumped that way a few years ago when the only sensible options were Exim or Postfix. Far too many people were still using Sendmail. Or maybe it was so log ago (Exim 3, that's for sure) that Postfix wasn't as mature. If I started again, I think I might go the other way - simply because it's more popular.
Or is that not a good basis on which to make a decision ??
(I find Exim's teergrubing facility particularly satisfying)
(Oh, and this was on RedHat - before I discovered Debian and that Exim was the default MTA there)
And then there's the electricity company itself, too. Wrongly-rated overcurrent protection on a 275KV line led to around a quarter of London (and around half the tube) going dark a few years back.
Re: Aircon tripping the breaker.
You had the wrong type of breaker installed. Look up "Type B" and "Type C". And, if you've got really massive inrush current, "Type D".
Now, try convincing the refurb crowd who installed Type B breakers on 20A radial circuits that they were told were supplying servers (and therefore via UPS's which have a hefty inrush current) that they installed the wrong breaker types when you find this out over a year after the refurb, and ought to replace them FOC....
Another item that's now on my checklist.
Just make sure the "closed-off Windows VM" is XP. With a clean, freshly installed, updated and then left alone, one available to swiftly refresh the live one as and when necessary.
Only problem being, these statutory obligations are enshrined in consumer protection law.
So no redress if it's business use. Like a self-employed trader, f'rinstance.
Which is why, when speaking to any of the consultants' secretaries, my wife and I (!!) never, ever lose our rag. Always polite, 100% calm. Sarcasm turned down to, hopefully, 1 or less. We realise they're as frustrated with "the system" as we are at that point. Probably more so.
And it's why I 'phone on behalf of my 94-year-old father. I so know he'd piss them off......
When I and the missus try to use the spawn-of-satan self-scan (why would I want to scan myself ?? Yes, I know it's an old one. So am I.) checkouts, we always hit another misfeature of them.
They won't scan an item until the previous fucking item is in the bagging area, weighed, and verified.
So any chance of me scanning the shopping rapidly and passing it to 'er indoors to bag up neatly and in her inexplicable positioning logic is totally lost.
I reckon it takes us twice as long as it needs to because of this, with me frantically re-scanning wondering if the lack of a beep is because the barcode won't read, the item isn't in the POS database, or she's still deciding which bag the previous item should go in.
Why not just weigh the whole fucking pile of shopping at the end and only then whinge if it's out by more than 0.00000001% ?
With the arrival of Aldi in town, I'm not sure I like their strategy. You are ordered to just take your stuff straight from the checkout operator and dump it in the trolley. Shelves are provided for you to take all the fucking shopping out again and bag it up.
A fucking impressive rant, maybe you got into the pub at opening time today and drank a pint or ten waiting for your mates to arrive :-)
However, and it's a big however. There's many a word I could use to describe Graze boxes, after the word "expensive", but "fresh" sure as hell isn't one of them.
They have very, very neat branding, marketing, sales and pricing strategies.
Let me tell you a little tale. Recently bought a cheap replacement laptop charger (as you do). After a few hours, it stop working.
Turned out the plug fuse had blown.
A 13A fuse in the plug for a lead that quite clearly wasn't so rated. This is a clear fire hazard.
emailed the dickhead eBay seller, and suggested it was in his interests to recall these mains leads. (S)he utterly failed to understand the issue.
5A fuses kept blowing randomly. Replaced the lead. All good. Clearly a faulty mains lead. But a 13A fuse ? Sheesh.
Then there was the ice maker bought off Amazon. Clearly not double-insulated, and had a Schuko plug with an earth connector. Supplied with a UK - Schuko adaptor which had no earth connection on the socket side.
Since hydrogen ignites when it reaches sufficant (sic) pressure....
You better tell that to the manufacturers of hydrogen-powered vehicles, then. They store hydrogen at up to 700 bar (according to http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr615.pdf).
I have a feeling that these little boxes would fracture before reaching even that pressure, meaning that this process is a bit unlikely in igniting them.
I'll keep banging on about this.
Because it's beyond unbelievable.
Months and months since the new DartCharge system went online for the Dartford Crossing, the payments site is still tagged "alpha".
Un-be-f'ing-lievable. An alpha system for live payments processing.
The only saving grace is that the call centre systems appear to be pre-alpha from the grief that many people with payment issues have been having.
The problem with your credit card in France wasn't its acceptability as such.
The French were way ahead of the rest of the world on card chip "security", and the 24-hour petrol stations only accepted chip cards, not magstripe. The chip system wasn't compatible with the one the UK one when it came in.
Been there, got the badge.
The basic problem is that money is divorced from the value of the thing it is supposed to represent.
Of course it is. Money replaced barter, and is therefore a proxy for the perceived value of everything. The determination of the multi-dimensional value of that proxy for everything that could be bartered is, I believe, called "the market' and notwithstanding certain views is far from ideal - because, I'd suggest, of the aforementioned multi-dimensionality.
"Derivatives need to be outlawed" is about as useful a policy as "shorting stocks needs to be outlawed".
There are plenty of circumstances where both are useful, and a blanket ban would be disposing of the baby with the bathwater, almost certainly with deeply unpleasant unintended consequences - very possibly worse than the unpleasant consequences of the worst excesses of both instruments.
As in most of life, we're not in "best option" territory here, but "least bad" territory.
What matters to me is the money paid out to people, such as the corporation's owners. That's what we should be taxing.
I was going to say that. But I misread "owners" as "senior employees". Given the majority owners of publicly-traded companies in the UK are us - at least any of us who has some form of private pension - I don't wan't to see huge increases in tax on corporations.
Gordon Brown did that in order to keep the incoming Labour Government's commitment to "no increase in income tax". The reduction in Advance Corporation Tax relief was one of the nails in the coffin of final-salary pension schemes - he was advised that the actuarial cost to pension schemes would be £67 billion.
Analogy alert !!! Analogy alert !!!!
Yes, but if if I found every chair available on the market unsuitable, and therefore researched chairs, designed and built one that suited me, I'd sure as hell tell everyone else about it because it's pretty certain there would be others out there who had needs close to mine......
Of course, chairs are a much more mature market than tech, which is why this is a less likely scenario today. Although I do like the Scandinavian backless ones that lock your pelvis, or something like that. Far more comfortable than UK-regulation compliant ones with lumbar support.
One false positive is one too many, if it's the £100,000 per month opportunity (for me, your numbers may vary :-) ). %age false positive figures fall into the same cognitive trap as say, the one-in-a-thousand-year storm, which just happens to come along tomorrow.
I didn't follow a recipe, built my email over the years, prefer exim to postfix but that's not religious (although I do like exim's/SA-exim's teergrubing. It does make me fell good slightly reducing the spam attempt rate for everyone else. Pointless, I know, as it's all being sent from Botnets, but still.....)
Anyway, the point of this ramble is that I plumped for StartCom too. My only concern is whether a forged passport in my name will turn up on a dead Israeli specialops guy at some point. Or a Palestinian. Either is possible.
Well, yes, by that definition even the edge of the universe is still inside of earth's gravity. But the generally accepted definition is "beyond the point where other gravitational forces exceed that exerted by the Earth".
Or something like that.
Well, with ATLAS, f'rinstance, producing raw data at 1PetaByte/s (after zero-suppression), you can forget storing anywhere near all the data from major scientific experiments for a long time into the future, even if storage reaches "commoditised" prices (I thought it already had, but never mind).
So, by extension, we'll be "throwing away" data pre-determined as "uninteresting" for a long while yet. Probably forever, as we can pretty much guarantee that the experiments will be producing more data at a faster rate than affordable (or even feasible) storage size increases
the certificate system is utterly, utterly broken.
There, fixed that for you.
But we already knew that, before this came out.
It certainly killed telappliant for 30 mins+
The usual answer to that is "Where would you like me to begin ??"
So, I might as well stop donating all those spare CPU cycles to SETIathome then.
Ahhh, it reminds me of those halcyon days on Usenet in the late eighties and early nineties, when Joe Public joined AOL and Compuserve and it all went to pot
Ah, yes, I remember the start of the Eternal September. It made the Dinette for sale in New Jersey posting seem positively well-educated. 1993, according to Wikipedia.
Knob head or bell end.
The original commenter would appear to have merged the two.